Writers have resolutions like everyone else…except different. Yep, lose weight is up there, along with be nicer to people and, this year, to fight the war against high fructose corn syrup.
We also have a few others. Mine for 2011 look something like this:
— Start publishing original short fiction on this blog site. Beginning Feb. 1, I hope to post new short stories or novelettes on the first of each month as free downloads.
— Feature more author interviews, reviews and giveaways on the blog.
— Revamp my website.
— Draft at least one novel, preferably two–depending on the status of the ones already in circulation.
–Work toward the April 2012 release of my debut novel ROYAL STREET. Covers! Galleys! And work with my editor on revisions for its sequel RIVER ROAD.
— Stop being an online workshop whore. Is there a 12-step program for this available?
So, in the spirit of giving, here’s my big Almost New Year’s Eve Giveaway: 11 books in honor of 2011. I might throw in a couple extra, but you’ll definitely get these (included links in case you want to read more about them):
1. Charlaine Harris: Dead in the Family (A Sookie Stackhouse Novel)
2. John Barnes: Directive 51 (a cool piece of apocalypic fiction)
3. Mark Hodders’ The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack (really good steampunk)
4. Claudia Gabel’s Romeo and Juliet and Vampires (YA mashup)
5. Mark Acevedo’s Werewolf Smackdown ( hardcore urban fantasy)
6. Jonathan Barnes’ The Somnambulist (urban fantasy with my favorite opening paragraph, maybe ever)
7. Caitlin Kittredge’s Nightlife (urban fantasy, Nocturne City Book 1)
8. Illona Andrews’ Magic Bites (urban fantasy, Kate Daniels Book 1)
9. T.A. Pratt’s Blood Engines (urban fantasy, Marla Mason Book 1)
10. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (urban fantasy, in a Gaiman kinda way)
11. Nick Valentino’s Thomas Riley (YA steampunk, signed copy with swag)
There you have it! To enter, tell me your favorite book of 2010–what blew your socks off? As always, extra entry for comments, blog followers, followers on Twitter @Suzanne_Johnson, and an extra for Tweeting (or Retweeting) the contest. Drawing will take place on Saturday, New Year’s Day.